The government of Spain yesterday presented the City of Vancouver and Musqueam Nation with copies of a historic Spanish painting of a Musqueam chief.


The image, which was drawn by Jose Cardero while on an expedition with Spanish explorer Alcala Galiano in 1792, is the earliest surviving image of a First Nation inhabitant of what is now Vancouver.


Mariano Alonso-Burin, ambassador of Spain to Canada, presented the portrait to Mayor Sam Sullivan and Musqueam Chief Ernest Campbell at a ceremony at city hall.


Sullivan said the “captivating” portrait will be treasured by the city.


“It’s a great honour to put this in a prominent place (at city hall) to remember we have a great native heritage we should all cherish,” he said.